President Barack Obama again insisted that he will not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling with Republicans in the next round of budget negotiations.
“I’m happy to have a conversation with him [House Speaker John Boehner] about how we can deal with the so-called sequester, which is making across-the-board cuts on stuff that we shouldn’t be cutting,” Obama said in an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday in an interview that was taped on Friday. “What I haven’t been willing to negotiate, and I will not negotiate, is on the debt ceiling.”
Obama, Democrats, and Republicans will have to deal with potentially raising the debt ceiling, which the country is set to hit by mid-October, in addition to passing another resolution to fund the government. The current continuing resolution to fund the government expires on September 30.
As The Hill noted, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has previously said that the “American people know that Washington has a spending problem, and they won’t support another increase in the debt limit without meaningful action to reduce spending and reform government.”
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last week found that a plurality of Americans (44%-22%) oppose raising the debt ceiling.